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'''Kālidāsa''' ("servant of Kali" ) was a Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language. His ''floruit'' cannot be dated with precision, but most likely falls within the 5th century AD.''Encyclopædia Britannica''. [http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/310169/Kalidasa "Kalidasa (Indian author)"]. His plays and poetry are primarily based on the Hindu Puranas.
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Birth date4th century AD
Death date5th century AD{{Citation needed|date=April 2011}}
Death placeGupta Empire, possibly in Ujjain or Sri Lanka
OccupationPlaywright and poet
NationalityIndian people|Indian
EthnicityIndian people|Indian
Education| genre = Sanskrit drama, Classical literature
SubjectEpic poetry, Hindu Puranas
Movement| notableworks = Abhijñānaśākuntalam, Raghuvaṃśa, Meghadūta, Vikramōrvaśīyam, Kumārasambhava
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